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10 Must-Have WordPress Image Plug-Ins

A 'cut out and keep' guide to image plug-ins for WordPress users

WordPress is quite a popular choice for creatives, some of which familiar with the platform thanks to blogging. It has a wealth of themes suitable for videographers, photographers, illustrators, and architects as well as writers. With it being the world's favourite CMS, it has a number of plug-ins for creative types. From marquee effects to sliders, hero graphics and media management utilities, you will be suitably accommodated. Out of about several thousand plug-ins, here's ten examples worthy of consideration.

1. Creative Image Slider

10 Must-Have Magento Extensions

The ten Magento extensions which matter.

Though Magento lacks the user base of WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal, a significant number of Magentons use their installation for eCommerce sites. This is hardly surprising given that Magento is owned by eBay. Needless to say, it has a wealth of eCommerce and CRM [Customer Relationship Management] based extensions. For the purpose of this round-up, we shall cover a broad spectrum. A fair number are available from the Magento Connect page or from third parties (mainly premium priced).

1. Blog

AheadWorks' blogging extension enables you to turn your Magento site (or some of its pages) into a weblog. It enables you to integrate RSS feeds, switch on/off between...

10 Must-Have WordPress Plug-Ins

Our favourite ten WordPress modules.

It comes as no surprise for us to say that WordPress has a wealth of free and paid-for plug-ins. Being the world's favourite CMS, we can see why. Adding a plug-in is trouble-free. Its roots as a blogging platform makes it a natural choice for developers au fait with and for a start. Our ten chosen plug-ins, as with our previous round-ups for Joomla! and Drupal, cover as wide a spectrum as possible.

1. Akismet

If you've hosted a blog on, you may have some idea about Akismet. Using Bayesian techniques, it stops your blog or bog-standard website from being bombarded with comment spam. It has been part of the...

Joomla! Battens Down the Hatches: Maintenance Issue Prompts Update

Joomla! 3.3.6 released as security update

Two significant issues prompted the Joomla! Project Team's recent update. In its previous version [3.3.5], there was issues with resetting passwords. Another concerned the addition of tags via the keyboard.

Joomla! 3.3.5 was released on the 30 September this year. For Joomla! users with 3.2 on their servers a further upgrade to 3.2.7 is available, addressing the aforementioned security issues and the upgrade component bug. Users running 3.2.6 or 3.3.5 will be unable to update their installation Joomla's upgrade component. Instead, users must update their installation...

Out Now: Beta Version of Drupal 8

Calling all Drupalians...

Almost a week ago, Dries Buytaert announced the release of Drupal 8 Beta 1. As one of the world's most popular content management systems, it aims to improve on its excellent features with greater use of responsive web design.

Released for testing and feedback, Drupal is calling on all its contributors to identify bugs, to review patches, and create patches. At present, there is 97 critical issues remaining. Once the 97 critical issues have been solved, Drupal 8 will be ready for general release.

So far, over 2,300 people have contributed more than 11,500 committed patches to fifteen alpha releases....

Galvanised for Accessibility: Concrete5

A look at the content management system that has seen a rapid rise over the last year

Right now, the one CMS which is the world's favourite is WordPress, with Drupal second and Joomla! third. With the big three having such a hold, there's a silent revolution in Portland Labs. Though the CMS has been active since 2003, it has only just started to make an impact.

Recent figures have seen a 40% rise in the uptake of Concrete5. Since development began 11 years ago, its ease of use has won new friends. A fair number of which have defected to Concrete5 from Joomla! and Drupal. Where it differs from the big three is its user interface. Websites are edited in the back end with a user interface more akin to your favourite word processing program....

For the Love of Benny: A Look at WordPress' Latest Update

Inside WordPress 4.0

WordPress is known for its accessibility and intuitive interface, which makes the content management system a most popular one. In recent years, it has outgrown its blogging based roots to cater for 'bog standard' websites as well as weblogs. In the process, it has become the world's favourite CMS.

Since the 04 September, WordPress has amassed its fourth version. Known as 'Benny', it continues the jazz music theme used in previous updates. It is named in honour of Benny Goodman, the jazz clarinetist and band leader rather than the Crossroads character played by Paul Henry. It builds upon WordPress' penchant for user-...

Drupal Goes Responsive

Eighth Version Set to Cater for Mobile Devices

We at CMSConnex and Contact Media Ventures are eagerly awaiting Drupal 8 with interest. It is set to be more stable and secure than its predecessor. Better still will be changes to its back end user interface, which will be made mobile friendly.

Though Drupal's templates have supported the use of responsive web design, its back end is set to follow suit. Drupal 8 will be designed for mobile devices first and foremost. Therefore, updating your Drupal website on a digital tablet or a smartphone will be much easier than ever. Migration from previous versions will be improved upon and changing themes will be a breeze thanks to its new Twig template engine.

Drupal 8 is set...

WordPress: A Schedule For Success

The rise of the world's most popular open source content management system.

There is no accident as to why WordPress became the world's favourite content management system. From the start, its ease of use and powerful features have won friends with its users since 2005. It has and remains one of the most search engine friendly CMSs, one always on the ball with the latest web standards and trends. Many see WordPress as 'only suitable for blogs' owing to its popularity among bloggers. Increasingly, conventional websites are being built with WordPress.

There are two parts to WordPress. One is, where you download WordPress onto your server. The other is, which offers a hosting service for bloggers...

Out of the Darkness Cometh Joomla!

How a high profile spat led to one of the world's most popular content management systems.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a content management system known as Mambo. In August 2005, the name Mambo was copyrighted by Miro International Pvt. Ltd. and this led to a disagreement amongst its developers. The formation of a non-profit organisation breached previous agreements, so its developers created an open source software information website known as Spinning off from that, and using a framework derived from Mambo was Joomla, the breakaway group's first content management system.

Its first version was released on the 22 September 2005. Their first version was an immediate success, also...

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